Breaking the Prairie Log City 1837
Aaron Bohrod painted this oil on canvas mural, entitled “Breaking the Prairie–Log City, 1837,” in 1938 for the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. It is viewable in the Galesburg post office lobby.
“Galesburg, IL was a planned community, established in 1837 by Presbyterian minister George Washington Gale who lead his parishioners from Oneida, NY. The purpose of their colonization of the prairie was to bring religion and education to the frontier. When they first arrived in Galesburg, these 50 families built a temporary town, ‘Log City’ in which they lived as they built their permanent homes and an early version of Knox College.” (wpamurals.com)
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/ http://www.wpamurals.com/galesbu.htm
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